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Watermark Journal -- Submission Deadline 12/6/11

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 10:47pm
California State University, Long Beach

Watermark, an annual scholarly journal published by graduate students in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach, is now seeking papers for our sixth volume to be published in May 2012. Watermark is dedicated to publishing original critical and theoretical papers concerned with the fields of rhetoric and composition and literature of all genres and periods. As this journal is intended to provide a forum for emerging voices, only student work will be considered.

LURe: Literary Undergraduate Research (A New Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 8:01pm
LURe: Literary Undergraduate Research

LURe: Literary Undergraduate Research is a new peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing original critical works by undergraduate English students in a professional medium, something for which almost no precedent now exists. The journal hopes to promote undergraduate research into and scholarship on the English language and Anglophone literatures as well as literary theory, cultural studies, and film.

The journal, which will release its second issue in November 2011, now seeks submissions for its next issue. To submit to the Spring 2012 issue, please email articles, in either Microsoft Word or PDF formats, to

Ghost Stories: Hauntings and Echoes in Literature and Culture 27-29 January 2012

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 5:46pm
McGill University English Graduate Students Association

McGill English Graduate Conference CFP
Ghost Stories: Hauntings and Echoes in Literature and Culture
27-29 January 2012
McGill University, Montreal

The McGill English Department's Eighteenth Annual Graduate Conference on Language and Literature invites submissions on the topic of literary hauntings. How do ghosts of the past figure in literature, theatre, film, television, and other texts and cultural artifacts? How do familial, imperial, social, linguistic, or national legacies influence artists and their work? How do texts "remember" historical events or other texts? Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Children of Men: Childhood in Narratives of Crisis and Catastrophe (March 29-April 1)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 4:28pm
American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Brown University

This seminar will consider the figure of the child as a means to focalize and narrativize personal or collective catastrophe. What are the ethics of rendering historical or political trauma visible through the eyes of a child? How might this particular mode of representation suggest the possibility of recuperation of incomprehensible events? What are the affective qualities generated by such narratives? How might a child protagonist authorize problematically cathartic or sentimental responses to these events?

"Automation and Catastrophe" (March 29-April 1, 2012), deadline for proposals November 15

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 3:01pm
American Comparative Literature Association

From Jacques de Vaucanson's eighteenth-century defecating duck to robots to weaponized military drones, automation has long been a significant site of fascination and fear. This panel will explore automation using a wide lens – one that includes aesthetic representations of, for example, automated machines, animals, and humans, as well as theories of automation, labor, and technology. Specifically, this panel seeks to investigate the narratives and rhetorics of catastrophe and crisis that frequently accompany automation: from fears of dehumanization through our engagement with automated machines, to threats of the automation of our labor, production, consumption, and desires.

"Forms of Exile" (ACLA Seminar, 11/15/11, 3/29/12-4/1/12)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 2:25pm
American Comparative Literature Association @ Brown University, Providence, RI

A number of eminent scholars and writers have underscored the perils of romanticising exile, Edward Said and George Steiner among them. This panel will critically revisit (though not necessarily reject) the idea that exile is a liberating, illuminating, and enriching experience. But what can be lost in scholarly engagements with exile are the violence, displacement, pain, and severance that accompany it, which is to say the "catastrophe" of exilic experience. This panel invites papers that explore the complexities and paradoxes produced by exile, namely the tension between exile as catastrophic and exile as empowering. The panel seeks papers that engage "postcolonial" fiction, which does not strictly mean fiction from postcolonial countries.

Decadence in Post-Mao China: A Survey of Perversions in Literature, Film, Music and Art

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 2:06pm
American Comparative Literature Association, annual meeting at Brown University, March 29-April 1,2012

Post-Mao China has witnessed drastic transformation in the political, economic and cultural realms. It has triggered surges of artistic response, among which those indulging in perversions became the most controversial. For example, in the realm of literature, there emerged "hooligan literature" and "female body writing." In terms of film, many sixth-generation film directors featured young Chinese people who take masochistic measures to rebel against the society. In terms of art, a group of behavioral artists challenged the limits of art through provocative performances. And of course, music, especially the rock music, became an important fortress for the battle against the social taboos.

The Evolving Hero: Representations of the Heroic in Pulp Fiction

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 1:52pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association Coference, Albuquerque, NM, Feb. 8 – 11, 2012

Over time, representations of the heroic have evolved from the white hatted cowboy and the unflinchingly honest Superman to the modern, often amoral anti-hero. To this evolution the American dime novels and pulps contributed many memorable characters and heroic types. Conan of Cimmeria, Jiril of Jiory, The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Spider, Nick Carter, Zorro, Captain Future, The Domino Lady, and Buck Rogers all were influential pulp heroes. For this conference we are calling for papers that treat some aspect of heroes, villains, sidekicks, and significant others that emblazoned the pages of dime novels and pulp magazines.

Call for Proposals: The Legacy of Pulp Fiction

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 1:45pm
Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, Boston, MA, Apr 11-14 2012

Although often viewed as a site for literary works with little value and short shelf lives, pulp fiction continues to be instrumental in shaping the literary landscape of Anglophone cultures. In spite of its status among the literati as being of little worth, the pulps—particularly those of the early 20th century—have played an important role in shaping popular genres of modern fiction, including detective, adventure, spicy, romance, science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Further, these working-class fictions, with their focus on masculinity, femininity, action, sex, and adventure, gave voice to the hopes and fears of the common working man or woman in a way that was often ignored by so-called "literary" fiction.

1st Annual Rockford College Sports Studies Symposium: An interdisciplinary conference on the study of Sport. April 28th, 2012

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 12:56pm
Dr. Michael Perry & Dr. Shawn Klein, Rockford College

Whether one is a participant, a casual spectator, a die-hard fan, or a critic, sport, in all its varieties and forms, plays a significant role in the lives of most people throughout the world. The rhetorical devices employed within and around sports are complex and far-reaching, establishing connections across myriad of discourses.

Jan 31, 2012 - 
The Child in Neo-Victorian Arts and Discourse:
Renegotiating 19th Century Concepts of Childhood

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 12:26pm
Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies: Special Issue

Neo-Victorianism has become a major trend in contemporary literature and culture. Novels, motion pictures, documentaries and TV series have all contributed to the persistent re-imagination of the nineteenth century. While neo-Victorianism in fiction and film has sparked off a lively academic industry, its impact on children's literature and contemporary discourses on childhood has not yet been fully addressed.

[UPDATE] Conference on the Sowell Collection, April 24-26, 2012

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 11:52am
Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World

Created through the generous support of former Texas Tech University Regent James Sowell, the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World houses the personal papers of the United States' most prominent writers on the natural world. Writing with a profound respect for the grandeur and fierceness of the land, these writers are deeply engaged with questions of land use and the nature of community; the conjunction of scientific and spiritual values; and the fragility of wilderness. In addition to published books, materials available for research purposes include correspondence; drafts of manuscripts; research notebooks; diaries and calendars; and photographs, computer files, and film.