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Colloquium on the Americas: Food & Foodways in the Americas

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 10:52am
Dr. Christina Riley Brown/Mercyhurst College

For the 4th biennial Mercyhurst Colloquium on the Americas, we are soliciting papers from any discipline on topics discussing the peoples of the Americas and how they perceive/relate to food and foodways.

This colloquium is an open, interdisciplinary conversation about the economic, political, cultural, demographic, religious, and philosophical aspects of food production, procurement, preparation, consumption and culture, as well as how food is represented in the literary and visual arts. Topics could include (but are not limited to) discussions of heritage foods, Agribusiness, the safety of foods, GMOs, food as artistic inspiration, the hospitality industry, sustainable food communities, and hunger in the Americas.

The International Conference on Cyber Security, Cyber Warfare and Digital Forensic (CyberSec2012)

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 10:50am

The International Conference on Cyber Security, Cyber Warfare and Digital Forensic (CyberSec2012)
University Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
June 26-28, 2012

The proposed conference on the above theme will be held at University Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, From June 26-28, 2012 which aims to enable researchers to build connections between different digital applications.

[REMINDER] Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon: 2011-11-01

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 10:44am
Martin Paul Eve, University of Sussex

Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, a new Open Access, peer reviewed e-journal of scholarly work pertaining to the writings of Thomas Pynchon and adjacent fields, seeks articles, reviews and letters for publication.

Thomas Pynchon is an American writer of novels, short stories and occasional journalistic pieces whose influence upon the contemporary American writing scene is virtually unparalleled, leading Harold Bloom, in recent correspondence, to write: "certainly he is still the most important writer alive". Topics for consideration could include, but are by no means limited to:

HORROR AREA Call for Papers, 2012 PCA/ACA National Conference - Boston, MA - 11-14 April, 2012

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 8:42am
Popular Culture Association (PCA) / American Culture Association (ACA)

(in fiction, film, television, new media, theory and culture)


The Horror Area co-chairs of the Popular Culture Association invite interested scholars to submit papers on any aspect of horror in fiction, cinema, television, gaming, theory and culture for the 2011 PCA/ACA National Convention to be held at the Copley Marriott Hotel in Boston, MA. The conference runs from 11 to 14 April, 2012.

Horror Co-Chairs:
Dr. James Iaccino, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
Dr. Carl Sederholm, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Kristopher Woofter, Concordia University, Montréal, QC

6th Global Conference: Visual Literacies (July 2012, Oxford, United Kingdom)

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 8:26am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

6th Global Conference
Visual Literacies

Tuesday 3rd July 2012 – Thursday 5th July 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Papers:

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding visual literacy in regard to theory and praxis. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in fields such as education, visual arts, fine arts, literature, philosophy, psychology, critical theory and theology. These disciplines are indicative only as papers are welcomed from any area, profession and vocation in which visual literacy plays a part.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes;


Monday, October 10, 2011 - 8:02am
Somdatta Mandal, Department of English, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, India.

Pencraft International, a leading scholarly publishing house in India is going to bring out a volume entitled Margaret Atwood: Critical Perspectives (New Orientation Series) and invites submissions for the same. Essays should be primarily focused on the work of Margaret Atwood – on her poetry, fiction, children's writing, non-fiction, political essays, ecological writings. They might focus on individual texts or on issues exemplified in a group of texts.

Hybrid Irelands: March 29-31, 2012 (Abstracts due November 15th, 2011)

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 5:33am
Hybrid Irelands: At Culture’s Edge / University of Notre Dame / Keough-Naughton Institute

Hybrid Irelands: At Culture's Edge (Abstracts due November 15th, 2011)

A Graduate-Student Conference Exploring the Relationship between Hybridity and Irish Literature

Place: University of Notre Dame
Date: March 29-31, 2012
Keynote Speakers: Terry Eagleton (University of Lancaster, University of Notre Dame)
David Lloyd (University of Southern California)
Clair Wills (Queen Mary, University of London)
Poetry Reading: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Medbh McGuckian (tentative) (Queen's University, Belfast)

[UPDATE] Enunciating the End: The Apocalypse, Textual Futures, and What Comes Next

Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 11:45pm
Concordia English Graduate Colloquium

Apocalyptic prophecies and futurist narratives have always had a special place in culture, from Y2K fervor to the periodically updated Rapture to the upcoming end of the Mayan calendar in December of 2012. In addition to the "real" end-of-the-world predictions, and perhaps in response to them, our literature and pop culture has spawned innumerable fictions of a future unaccounted for. This unknown future folds back upon our past through historical representations of colonialism's reconfiguration of territory, ownership, and identity. In the present, our cultural climate seems to speak to the end of the material world as we have come to understand it, as we transcend print-based media and move up into the digital media cloud.

[UPDATE] Ethnic Lit & Religion at MELUS 2012 (April 19-22)

Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 9:34pm
J. Stephen Pearson, U of Tennessee

Submissions are still being accepted for two panels on Ethnic Literature and Religion for the next MELUS conference: one on religious transnationalism and one on Eastern religions.

1) Eastern Religions in Ethnic U.S. Literatures

Papers should discuss depictions of or references to Eastern religious traditions (e.g. Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, etc.) in ethnic U.S. texts.

Topics of interest include (but are certainly not limited to):


Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 6:52pm
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca/Pistoia ( and the Association "Amici di Groppoli" of Pistoia, in association with the University of Granada (I+D+I HAR2010-17968. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion de España), is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium "Music and Propaganda in the Short Twentieth Century", to be held in Pistoia, Palazzo dei Vescovi, from Friday 18 until Sunday 20 May 2012. This project aims to study the relationships between music and propaganda in twentieth-century Europe, devoting particular attention to Germany, the Iberian Peninsula and Italy.

AlterNative Calls for Papers for 2012 Issues: Deadline December 1st 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 6:05pm
AlterNative: an International Journal of Indigenous Peoples

Call for Papers: Volume 8, 2012

AlterNative is now accepting submissions for its first issue for 2012. AlterNative is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published quarterly that aims to present research and analysis from indigenous worldviews and perspectives.

Submissions should relate to the themes of the journal:

• Origins
• Place
• Peoples
• Power

• Community
• Culture
• Traditional and oral history
• Heritage
• Colonialism
• Intervention
• Development
• Self-determination

AlterNative particularly encourages indigenous scholars to contribute submissions. Specialists and practitioners working on indigenous issues are also welcome.

"Crossing Borders as Creating Borders in Twentieth-Century Literature" (ALA, May 24-27, 2012; San Francisco, CA)

Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 3:19pm
American Literature Association

Frontiers, boundaries, margins, and borders occupy center stage in much recent scholarship. Influenced first by postcolonial theory and now by transnational studies, this paradigm shift has brought about heightened awareness of global interconnectedness and transnational circuits of production, meaning, and migration. For some scholars and public intellectuals, this increasingly globalized world has become marked by a rootless migratory sensibility (Arjun Appadurai) and a flattening of power relations (Thomas Freedman). But as performance artist and cultural critic Guillermo Gómez-Peña has suggested, the experience of crossing borders is not the same for all.