(un)SAFE an interdisciplinary gender, sexuality, and women's studies graduate student conference at the University of Pennsylvania December 6th and 7th, 2012 with a keynote address by Lauren Berlant Experiences of the contemporary social world are often defined in terms of safety: a group of friends, a college choice or a sexual encounter could be "safe", where a classroom, a piece of equipment or a social space would be "unsafe". But the distinction between safety and unsafety is profoundly unstable, and articulates some of the most disturbing paradoxes of contemporary life. Safety can be banal, when a writer or athlete reaches only for goals within immediate reach, but it can also be utopian, in the scene of therapy, learning or rehearsal.
UPSTAGE, a peer-reviewed online publication dedicated to research in turn-of-the-century dramatic literature, theatre, and theatrical culture, is seeking submissions for its Summer 2012 issue. This is a development of the pages published under this name as part of THE OSCHOLARS, and is now an independently edited journal in the Oscholars group published by Rivendale Press at www.oscholars.com, as part of our expanding coverage of the different cultural manifestations of the fin de siècle.
Topics may include, but are not limited to, the work of Shaw, Schnitzler, Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, von Hofmannsthal, and their contemporaries in Western and Eastern Europe and beyond.
CFP: "Reading Scenes and Systems" special session, MLA 2013
I am still looking for a contributor or two for a special session I intend to propose for inclusion in the MLA 2013 program:
This Special Session focuses on Israeli and Palestinian relations and seeks to provide a forum for examining notions of "conflict," identity, war, peace, and protest in art, literature, cinema, music, and the theater. Papers can focus on social, psychological, historical, philosophical, traumatic, geographic, and/or peace-bridging aspects, to state a few. Interdisciplinary work is welcome.
Shakespeare Society of Eastern India and Benares Hindu University (India)
7th biennial World Shakespeare Conference
1 – 3 December 2012
Theme: SHAKESPEARE ACROSS CULTURES
MLA Special Session: Elements of Genre Creation
Deadline: March 20, 2012
Poetry and Poetics is a standing session at PAMLA. Papers can deal with any aspect of poetry and/or poetics. Papers must be submitted through the PAMLA website, www.pamla.org.
Here are a few other useful hints:
1). The Online CFP List of all approved Conference Sessions is available at:
This international conference on "Migration, Human Rights and the Politics of Identity in a Globalized World" will engage with the ways migrancy is re-shaping the world not simply in movement but, through movement, in relations. It will take up central components of migration and globalization such as labor, cultural membership, race, human rights, deterritorialization, transnationationl communities and the implications of migration and globalization on traditional referents such as the nation-state and citizenship. The overall objective is to engage critically with globalization, migration policy and the current dynamics affecting peoples, cultures and politics across nations and boundaries.
One period that has heretofore garnered less ecocritical attention than it perhaps deserves is transatlantic Modernism. Perhaps it's the concrete canyons and industrial "Waste Land"s the era evokes in many readers' minds - which run contrary to so much of the green landscapes and Romanticism of first-wave environmental criticism. Of course, Modernism isn't all smoke and steel - just as ecocritical theory has by now moved out of the forest and into examining more urban jungles.
Surely one of the most spectacular features of the visual landscape in the early twentieth century was its vivification through a host of color technologies. From the colored lights of Times Square to the brightly hued plastics in household appliances, from the boom in cosmetics to the painstakingly hand-tinted frames of silent cinema, synthetic colors radically transformed the visual environment of the modern world. These transformations not only altered the visual experience of modernity but also intersected with experiments in abstract painting, psychological theories of perception, and literary debates about the role of the image.
MAP/ACA's 23rd annual conference will be in Pittsburgh. The GLBTQ Studies Area welcomes proposals of relevance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Proposals are encouraged on any medium of popular or American culture. This area is particularly interested in tracing contemporary GLBTQ representation in popular culture and questions of agency/appropriation.
Proposals of interest for the Pittsburgh 2012 conference might include:
Interculturalités!? Etat des lieux, malentendus, perspectives, théories et pratiques
L'interculturalité, sous des appellations diverses, est très souvent évoquée aussi bien dans les contextes de recherche que dans les projets pédagogiques ou les démarches institutionnelles. Les points d'exclamation et d'interrogation dont nous faisons suivre cette notion dans cet appel à propositions auront pour fonction de souligner que nous la manipulons comme un flacon de nitroglycérine extrêmement instable. En effet, cette notion pour le moins problématique se caractérise surtout par une absence de définition stable car en constante évolution et sujette à controverses.
Please circulate widely.
The Militarization and Gender Research Cluster and the Queer, Feminist, Trans Studies Research Cluster of UC Davis are pleased to announce a joint conference, "Queer (In)Security," to be held May 4-5, 2012 at the University of California, Davis.
The conference topic emerges from campus-wide discussions about the role of a militarized police force on the UC campuses, highlighted by violent responses to the Occupy movement. At the same time, the neoliberal university, precipitated by budget cuts and calls for privatization, has destabilized institutional forms of resistance like queer studies, women's studies, and ethnic studies.
The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association invites submissions for the Mary Shelley Panel at the 66th Annual RMMLA Convention next fall (Oct. 11-13, 2012) in Boulder, CO. We welcome papers on any work or works of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley from her earliest writings during the Romantic Period to those spanning the Victorian Period. Theoretical approaches are especially encouraged.
This panel explores how affective modernism might begin to be understood, with particular attention to the cultural politics of emotion at stake in collective "belonging."