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PAMLA Rhetoric and Composition Sessions--Seattle, WA

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 2:10pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The Call-for-Papers Page and online submissions system for the Composition and Rhetoric Sessions at the 2012 PAMLA Conference in Seattle (Oct. 19-21, 2012) are now open online: We invite papers over all topics related to composition and rhetoric.

April 22, 2012 is the deadline for submissions. Please send any questions to Charlie Potter, PAMLA Presiding Officer for Rhetoric and Composition:

UPDATE: Robert K. Martin Book Prize (New deadline 1 May 2012)

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 12:12pm
Canadian Association for American Studies

UPDATE: Extended Deadline for Robert K. Martin Book Prize (1 May 2012)

The Canadian Association for American Studies is extending the deadline for this year's competition for the annual Robert K. Martin Prize for the best monograph written by a current member of CAAS. This year's prize will be for books published with a copyright date of 2011. The new postmark deadline for submission is 1 May 2012.

All current members and those who join in advance of the deadline are eligible. Membership information can be found at our website.

Shakespeare: Pedagogy and Performance

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 10:42am
Grand Valley Shakespeare Conference: Pedagogy and Performance, hosted by the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival

September 28-29, 2012
Grand Valley State University: Grand Rapids and Allendale, Michigan

Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival, Michigan's oldest continuous-running Shakespeare Festival, invites proposals for papers, panels, and workshops on Shakespeare Pedagogy and Performance. We are especially interested in issues that affect the teaching, production, or performance of Shakespeare and early modern drama for secondary or college students. We are seeking proposals from Shakespeare Festival Education Directors, English, Theatre, and Interdisciplinary Professors, Secondary Education Teachers, and Graduate Students specializing in Shakespeare, Theatre, dramaturgy, or the early modern period.

CFP: Modernism and Taste, December 13-14, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 10:07am
The University of Birmingham, UK

"Taste is dead emotion" – so Wyndham Lewis declares in 'Blast No. 2'. To be a productive force, "[t]aste should become deeper and exclusive: definitely a STRONGHOLD – a point and not a line." Lewis' critique of taste is emblematic of a wider modernist concern with the role of discernment, refinement and connoisseurship in art, literature and performance. Taste carries with it a legacy of aristocratic dilettantism and public moralizing inherited from those eighteenth and nineteenth-century lovers of art. But if Lewis critiques the 'line' that represents a fuzzy spectrum of appreciation, his re-defined conception of taste, pulled centripetally to a point, is not a rejection of discernment but a reformulation of it.

[UPDATE] Feminism in Academia: An Age of Austerity? Current Issues and Future Challenges

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 6:54am
The Contemporary Women's Writing Association/The Feminist and Women's Studies Association

Feminism in Academia: An Age of Austerity? Current Issues and Future Challenges

Friday 28th September 2012
The University of Nottingham

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Mary Eagleton (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University)
Professor Mary Evans (Gender Institute, London School of Economics and
Political Science)

Modernism Research Seminar-11th May 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 6:45am
De Montfort University

De Montfort University are pleased to host a one-day research seminar on behalf of the British Association of Modernist Studies.

Featuring papers on a wide range of research topics-from British surrealism and little magazines to genetic criticism of Woolf's prose fiction-by speakers including Dr. Andrzej Gasiorek (University of Birmingham), Dr. Anna Snaith (KCL), and Dr. Rebecca Beasley (University of Oxford), the seminar aims to bring together academics and postgraduate students interested in any aspect of literary modernism and the latest research within the field.

PaMLA October 19-21, 2012: Ancient-Modern Relations (deadline April 22nd)

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 6:16am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference (PAMLA), October 19-21, 2012, Seattle University


The 110th annual meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference will take place from October 19 to 21, 2012, at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington. This call for papers seeks presenters for this year's standing session of a proud PaMLA tradition, the panel on "Ancient-Modern Relations." We are looking for papers addressing any aspect of relationships, influences, debates or other interactions between ancients and moderns.

The deadline for abstracts (to be submitted on the Online Proposal Submission Form) is April 22, 2012.

Final Call for Papers -Violence Studies Conference 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 11:59pm
The Humanities Research Institute at the University of Newcastle

The Humanities Research Institute at the University of Newcastle invites academics from a wide a variety of disciplines — including anthropology, art, criminology, history, international relations, law, literature, psychology, philosophy, political science and sociology — to submit proposals for panels and individual papers at its conference, Histories of Violence, to be held in the city of Newcastle from 21-23 August 2012.
Plenary speakers:
Arjun Appadurai, New York University
Rosemary Gartner, University of Toronto
Gyanendra Pandey, Emory University

"Revisiting the Dime Novel": 2012 PAMLA Conference CFP

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 8:02pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

This approved session will explore the largely forgotten or ignored dime-novel--the American pulp novels of the 19th and early 20th centuries, including Westerns, detective stories, school stories, romance tales, or early science fiction. All aspects of the phenomenon of the dime-novel are fair game; papers may explore the dime novel through a new-Historical, Cultural Studies, Queer Theory, Marxist, post-Colonial, or other analytic lens.

NEASECS 2012 Conference at Wesleyan University 10/11-14: Godwin, Burke, the Political Subject and Intertextuality

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 6:44pm
Kathleen Alves/City University of New York

This panel seeks submissions that explore the dialectical engagement between Godwin's philosophical or socio-political works and his fiction. The intertextual model for the mapping of texts and their influences provokes questions about the nature of textual production. Caleb Williams addresses the disaster of competing identities in servitude and autonomy, formally considered "natural" through aristocratic power structures, in a shifting political climate of radicalism that challenges Burkean ideology. Political Justice is his first response to Burke's Reflections on the Revolution of France, while Caleb Williams offers another answer to Burke's text.

CODE - A Media, Games & Art Conference (21-23 November 2012, Melbourne, Australia)

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 6:08pm
Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

Call for Papers and Creative Works
CODE - A Media, Games & Art Conference
21-23 November 2012
Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne, Australia

Jussi Parikka - Reader, Winchester School of Art
Christian McCrea - Program Director for Games, RMIT University
Anna Munster - Associate Professor at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW

[UPDATE] Mar. 31 Proposal Deadline for Dickens Symposium, Lowell, MA, July 13 - 15, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 3:19pm
University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Dickens Society

REMINDER: Proposal deadline is March 31, 2012



July 13 – 15, 2012

As part of its Dickens in Lowell celebration, the University of Massachusetts Lowell will host one of the two 2012 Dickens Society Symposia being offered in this bicentennial year. Scholars will present their work July 13–15, 2012 at the Tsongas Industrial History Center.

Urban Cultural Studies [new multi-authored, interdisciplinary blog-General Announcement]

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 1:49pm is a new interdisciplinary, multi-authored blog on the culture(s) of, time and urban everyday life the world over.

The site is characterized by short, readable, informative posts--ideally accompanied by several images and links--relevant to the growing interest in urban cultural studies.

The site also features calls for papers as well as information about upcoming workshops and conferences to those working on cities across both the humanities and the social sciences.

Please contact the blog's administrator (Dr. Benjamin Fraser at The College of Charleston) with any items of interest or questions at