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The Challenges of Late Modernism [UPDATE] - deadline extended 20 MARCH

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 2:46am
MSA 14: Modernism and Spectacle (Las Vegas, Oct 18-21 2012)

This proposed panel seeks to examine the phenomenon of late modernism - is there such a thing, and how do we define it? Is it an analytically useful concept or should we think of another way of categorizing literature written after high modernism. Are there particular technological, social or political values that underpin late modernist writing? Can the concept of late modernism be extended beyond the Anglo-American world? Papers looking at either late modernism in a theoretical perspective or evaluations of individual late modernist authors are encouraged.

Please send a proposal (300 words) and a brief bio by 20 March to

Trash Told Tales: Trash Talkin' from Whitetrashistan

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 1:49am
Vicki Sapp and WIlliam Matthew McCarter / Fat Daddy's Farm

Fat Daddy's Farm Press has partnered with Vicki Sapp and William Matthew McCarter (Editors) to bring you Trash Told Tales: Trash Talkin' from Whitetrashistan. The editors are requesting short fiction, poetry, plays, or creative non-fiction, and various types of artwork, for an anthology of white trash literature.

It is the mission of Fat Daddy's Farm Press ( to publish marginalized voices – narratives that fall through the cracks of the dominant discourse – and we feel that this topic deserves some serious consideration.

From the Editors:

Spectacular Language and Projected Verse (4 April; MSA Las Vegas, 18 October 2012)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:02am
Mike Chasar/Willamette University

Panel seeking papers on spectacular forms of language and poetry during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries in American or European contexts. We are especially interested in work that addresses the intersection of language, literature, and technology in the public or entertainment spheres. How, for example, does the development of proto-cinematic projection devices, cinematic technology, and now digital technology affect the way we encounter and experience language? Are only commercial forms of language broadcast in illuminated fashion to the public, or have there been literary instances of such "projected verse," thus putting a spin on Charles Olson's phrase (or setting it reeling)?

[UPDATE] Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 10:51pm
Special Session for MLA 2013 Boston, MA, Jan 3-6, 2013

Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction (Special Session proposal for MLA 2013 Boston, MA)

Increasingly important to the world economy as an engine of growth, the dynamic region of East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea) has for decades figured prominently in world media for its critical geopolitical position. But how has East Asia's emergence onto the world stage been reflected in English-language literature? This panel invites papers on recent (20th-century) Anglophone fiction set in East Asia; please send abstract of 1-2 pp along with a current c.v. to Mary Goodwin ( by 15 March 2012.

[UPDATE] Dark Matter: Science Fiction of Black America, October 19-21, PAMLA, Seattle University

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 6:29pm
Lysa Rivera

Following Sheree Thomas's collection Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (2000), the academy has witnessed widespread critical interest in African American science fiction. This panel extends this critical interest by presenting new scholarship on African American science fiction. We welcome work on any U.S. historical period, and are especially eager to include papers that focus on texts produced in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Proposal deadline is APRIL 22.

Direct any inquiries to Lysa Rivera at

The Spectacle of the Archive: Uncovering "Lost" Modernist Magazines (MSA Las Vegas 2012)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 6:06pm
Belinda Wheeler

Periodical culture has changed the way scholars view literary magazines from the modernist period. Various books on these "little" magazines, such as Suzanne Churchill's The Little Magazine Others and the Renovation of Modern American Poetry and Harold J. Salemson's Tambour: Volumes 1-8 Facsimile Edition have reminded us of the critical importance of understudied journals. Recent studies have also examined overlooked sections within "canonical" little magazines, such as letters to the editor, advertisements, book reviews. This roundtable seeks to bring together scholars who are working on either understudied literary magazines from the modernist period or an understudied section within a "canonical" modernist magazine.

Women in Literature (Deadline: April 22nd)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 5:15pm
Hannele Kivinen / PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)

We are currently accepting proposals for PAMLA's annual "Women in Literature" panel. This year's conference will be held in Seattle, Washington from Oct 19th - 21st, 2012. As the subject is a rather broad one, a range of scholarly perspectives will be welcomed. Potential topics might include, but are by no means limited to:

Man and Machine: The Relationship between Humans and Technology in Philosophy and the Arts

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 3:20pm
Marja Harmanmaa / International Society for the Study of European Ideas

THE 13th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas), July 2 – 6, 2012, University of Cyprus, Cyprus


From Greek mythology to today's cultural theorists the impact of technology on humankind has been of great interest. Attitudes towards progress, exemplified by technology, have varied, and still do, between fear of the change that it inevitably brings, and an all-embracing enthusiasm due to the vast potential attributed to the "machine".

Temples of Bengal: Call for Papers

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 11:44am
Chitrolekha International Magazine on Art and Design

Special Issue on the Temples of Bengal

We are happy to announce that the next issue of Chitrolekha Magazine (Vol. II, No. 1) is going to be on the Temples of Bengal (from the Ancient Period to the 19th Century). Since we want to bring out a collection having holistic approaches to the topics, we have selected this vast area, which can be explored from many interdisciplinary perspectives and multidisciplinary positions. We seek submission on the following areas:

[UPDATE] CFP: Media Across Borders (UK) 9 June 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 11:29am
Iain Smith

(please note that the abstract deadline, 2nd April, is in less than three weeks)

Media Across Borders: The 1st International Conference on the Localisation of Film, Television and Video Games

Saturday 9th June, 2012 at the University of Roehampton, London

Launch event of the Media Across Borders network, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the Translating Cultures programme.

Confirmed speakers include amongst others, Kevin Robins, Jeanette Steemers, Lucy Mazdon, Laurence Raw, Jean Chalaby, Lothar Mikos and Pia Jensen.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 11:03am
Dr. Fran Pheasant-Kelly, Dr. Stella Hockenhull and Dr. Eleanor Andrews/ University of Wolverhampton

Abstract due 30 April 2012, first draft essay due 30 July 2012, final essay due December 2012

This edited collection seeks to publish recent scholarship on spaces of the cinematic house by film or screen studies scholars employing a range of critical methodologies. Currently we are inviting final contributions for a volume provisionally entitled Behind the Screen Door: Spaces of the Cinematic House, for which we are in discussions with Routledge. Essays should address one of the following spaces not already covered – the master bedroom, cellar, doors and windows, the study/library or corridors within the cinematic house, although other suggestions are welcome.

Hegel and Modernism (MSA Las Vegas, 10.18)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 11:02am
Charles Altieri

Hegel and Modernism

This panel takes up a simple, but perhaps exacting question: What can the study of Hegel contribute to our understanding of modernism now?