The overwhelming success of Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas finally confirmed Stein's celebrity status in the United States in 1933. Yet she lamented that she had become known less as an important author than as the host of a Parisian salon in which famous writers and European painters gathered amidst her collection of modern art. Her earlier, more challenging writing continued to go unnoticed and unpublished despite the wide public appeal of the autobiography and the success of Virgil Thomson's production of Stein's opera Four Saints in Three Acts in 1934.
Proposals will be accepted for this panel until May 15.
This panel welcomes any paper on allegory as either a strategy of interpretation or a mode of literary construction. Especially encouraged are papers engaging with allegory in unconventional or theoretically challenging ways: finding allegory in unusual places; interrogating long-held assumptions; rethinking historical or contemporary critical discourse. Genre and period are open.
Please contact the organizer, Brenda Machosky, with inquiries or submissions. 50-word abstracts and 500 word proposals will also need to be submitted through the PAMLA conference site.
We invite papers that begin to map an "Asian American South," a term that this panel construes broadly. In what ways do Asian American cultural productions engage with the South? How are cross-racial interactions depicted? How does the context of southern regionalism complicate Asian American subjectivity? Is there an "Asian Southern literature"? This panel welcomes considerations of Asian Americans as travelers to and settlers in the South, in film, fiction, poetry, and memoir, from any time period. By June 30, 2012, please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief bio to Sailaja Sastry, Barnard College, email@example.com.
The MAPACA Music Area invites submissions from individuals or organized panels to participate in the 23rd annual Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 1-3, 2012.
Abstracts on any topic of music will be considered. This may include but is not limited to:
ANQ:American Notes and Queries is sponsoring a special issue on Carson McCullers and her Influence, to be published in early 2013. We are interested in short articles or notes dealing with any aspect of McCullers' work, especially her influence on other writers, or the influence of others on her. Also, we will consider contributions on McCullers and the Global South, McCullers and the New Southern Studies, McCullers and Sexuality, McCullers and Film, McCullers and Music, and International Perspectives on McCullers.
What is ecopoetics? What representational strategies and sociopolitical commitments might characterize this practice? How might we periodize ecopoetics and situate its modes of cultural production? This conference aims to bring scholars, poets, and creative artists into sustained dialogue on the historical and contemporary practices of ecopoetics.
Session 1: Plague Literature from Classical Antiquity to the 1750s
Session 2: Plague Literature from the Long Eighteenth Century to the Present
'Gender and Political Culture, 1400-1800' A Joint Conference organised by History and the Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts (HuMPA) at Plymouth University and Umeå Group for Pre-modern Studies To be held at Plymouth University, 5-7 September 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS
Keynote Speakers: Professor Barbara J. Harris (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
IBBY UK/NCRCL MA CONFERENCE, 10 NOVEMBER 2012
University of Roehampton, London.
Call for Papers on the theme of 'Beyond the Book'
The Mildred Haun Conference: A Celebration of Appalachian Literature, Scholarship, and Culture is an attempt to explore and define Appalachian literature and culture for ourselves and for the outside world. We are seeking individual and panel presentations from faculty members, independent scholars, and students who have an interest in all aspects of Appalachian literature and culture.
The 3rd Annual Mildred Haun Conference invites papers that explore—but are not limited to—the following broad areas of interest:
1. Scholarship related to personal and cultural stories associated with Appalachia
2. Multiculturalism in Appalachia (past, present, and future)
3. Treatment of stereotypes in Appalachian Literature and Culture
This session will explore aspects of memory connected to travel, immigration, and exile related to Appalachian literature, especially the writings that have appeared in memoir, diary, or epistolary form. Proposals and presentations that consider any approach to memory, exile, and home in poetry, fiction, or non-fiction by Appalachian writer(s) are welcome. The special focus of the 2012 convention is Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile; therefore, focus on the work of Appalachian memoir and letter writers or diarists will receive special consideration.
A Few Lines Magazine, a print and web journal, is now looking for submissions for its fifth issue. We are a widely read journal with strong roots in Southern California. Poets from all over North America, as well as all over the world, have been published in all of our past issues, and we are seeking to expand our audience and body of contributors.
We accept poetry of most flavors and fiction that is expertly crafted. Our reading time is around one month and we read year-round, so the turnaround is quite fast.
So send us your work - we'd love to have the chance to review it. We encourage contributors to first become familiar with our work. All of our issues are free as PDF downloads. For more information, please go to
This panel seeks to explore (post) modernist experimentation in the poetry, fiction and film of 20th and 21st century East Asia, as well as the international and intra-Asian cultural currents that engendered these forms of expression. Papers tracing literary and aesthetic connections between writers, poets or film-makers of different nations, cultures or historical periods are particularly welcome.
Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile in Caribbean Literature Panel
Proposal Submission: Please send a 350-500 word proposal, including a proposed title to: Annette Sisson, Belmont University, firstname.lastname@example.org OR, if you prefer to send it through the post, Wheeler Humanities Bldg. 200, Dept. of English, Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212-3757
Submission Deadline: June 20, 2012