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Folklore Panel (SAMLA 5/15; 11/9-11

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 10:19am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

We welcome proposals that explore folklore, folklife, and traditional forms of expression. Papers may include, but are not limited to, examinations of oral traditions, music, material culture, foodways, folk festivals, ritual, dance, and the work of folklore collectors. We are especially interested in proposals that explore auto-ethnography, interdisciplinary approaches to folklore subjects, and literary interpretations of folklore and folklife.

Please send a brief proposal (250 words) to Emily Kader ( by May 15, 2012.

CFP Exegesis ejournal deadline 30th April 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 5:40am
Exegesis ejournal, English Dept, Royal Holloway, University of London

'An aphorism, properly stamped and moulded, has not been "deciphered" when it has simply been read: rather, one has to begin its exegesis, - for which is required an art of exegesis'.
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals

[UPDATE] CFP: MLA Special Session on "The Mechanics of Fictional World-Making" (3/1/12; Boston 2013)

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 6:17pm
Elaine Auyoung / Rutgers University

Papers that explore the underpinnings of making and/or experiencing fictional worlds are welcome. Topics may range from new work on techniques of representation, mimesis, make-believe, reality effects, and illusion, to how formal features translate into aesthetic experience. Papers focusing on the cognition of representational art, or on the psychological or phenomenological dimensions of literary experience are also welcome. Submit 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2012 to Elaine Auyoung ( Special sessions are subject to approval; all panelists must be members of the MLA.

[UPDATE] "Monsters in the Margins" April 13-15, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 3:36pm
University of Florida Graduate Comics Organization

"Monsters in the Margins" April 13-15, 2012 (Updated!)

UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels (10th Anniversary Event!)

The first UF conference on Comics and Graphic Novels was held in 2002. We ask that you come join us to celebrate our conference's anniversary at "Monsters in the Margins," which will be held on April 13-15.

Update--Bright Lines: Culture On the Autism Spectrum

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 3:06pm
Jes Battis, Department of English, University of Regina

"Am I on the spectrum?" asks Abed Nadir, a character on the show Community. He then provides an answer: "None of your business." His joke presumes that the audience will understand this reference to the autism spectrum, and Community introduces the topic of Asperger's Syndrome in its pilot episode. Since the publication of Temple Grandin's work on autism in 1986, there has been a textual explosion of work on Asperger's Syndrome and the autism spectrum. Changes to the DSM-V will replace Asperger's Syndrome with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a broadening that could threaten the culture that aspie/AS-identified people have produced in the form of literature and visual media. This volume would explore representations of autism within popular culture.

From Weimar to Los Angeles: Modernism in Literature and Film

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 2:03pm
Tara Thomson

Modernist Studies Association 14th annual conference, Las Vegas (Oct. 18-21, 2012)

This proposed panel will focus on the relationships between late modernism (both pre- and post-WWII) and film. We welcome submissions on any topic in this area; however, we are especially interested in discussions on the city, the flâneur, spectacle, the avant-garde, and Situationism, or those that explore questions of influence, anxieties about representation, formal strategies, and politics.

Soliciting the Text: Reading, Teaching, Theorizing, Writing

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 1:56pm
Twelfth Annual Southern Connecticut State University Graduate English Conference April 21, 2012

We are seeking paper and panel proposals for the Twelfth Annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, CT). Proposals may address any area of English studies as well as a variety interdisciplinary fields including but not limited to American studies, African-American studies, film studies, Latina/o studies, postcolonial studies, textual studies, queer studies, and women's studies.

For more information, please go to the conference website at:

CFP: Media Across Borders (UK) 9 June 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 1:21pm
Iain Robert Smith

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.

MLA 2013: The Undead South: Beyond the Gothic (SSSL Session)

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 1:21pm
Special Session for MLA 2013 Boston, MA, Jan 3-6, 2013

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature issues a call for papers for the 2013 Modern Language Association Conference held on January 3-6, 2013 in Boston. The session will consider cultural artifacts from a spectrum of media (literature, cinema, music, comics, photography, painting, digital art, video games, funeral rites, burial practices, etc.) that explore representations of death and deathways, including (but not limited to) forms of southern haunting and horror in multiethnic, hemispheric, global, and/or U.S. southern contexts. Special attention will be given to proposals that uncouple "southern" and "gothic" in the interests of developing more expansive notions of southern horror and (un)deadness. Relevant creative work is also welcomed.

Texts and Textiles, 11-12 September 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 1:19pm
Centre for Material Texts, University of Cambridge

The shared origin of text and textile in the Latin texere, to weave, is a critical commonplace. Many of the terms we use to describe our interactions with words are derived from this common linguistic root, and numerous other expressions associated with reading and writing are drawn from the rich vocabulary of cloth. Textiles are one of the most ubiquitous components of material culture, and they are also integral to the material history of texts. Paper was originally made from cotton rags, and in many different cultural and historical settings texts come covered, wrapped, bound, or decorated with textiles.

MLA 2013: Southern Heroes (SSSL Session)

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 1:17pm
Special Session for MLA 2013 Boston, MA, Jan 3-6, 2013

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature issues a call for papers for the 2013 Modern Language Association Conference held on January 3-6, 2013 in Boston. The session will focus on representations of southern heroes in various media, whether in fiction, film, graphic novels, television, art, memorials, tourist attractions, anniversary or birthday celebrations, school curricula (revisionist or otherwise), biography, et cetera. We invite papers dealing with larger-than-life figures, from Civil Rights activists to Confederate veterans to celebrated authors, in any southern context, be it U.S. Southern, hemispheric, multiethnic, et cetera, particularly as they interrogate the political and ideological underpinnings of constructions of heroism.

Theorizing Borders -- MLA 2013, Boston, January 3-6 -- ABSTRACTS DUE March 15

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 11:53am
Kelly L. Bezio

Abstracts, approximately 250 words, and current CV by 15 March 2012

Papers sought interrogating the theoretical usefulness of concepts like "border-crossing," "transnational," "cosmopolitan," "frontier," etc. How has these terms' analytical applicability evolved or been challenged?


Monday, February 13, 2012 - 11:34am
SHARP EYES VII: AN ASLE-AFFILIATED CONFERENCE,June 4-7, 2012, At the State University of New York College at Oneonta

This conference will be the seventh in the John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference & Seminar series. The theme of this year's conference was inspired by a statement offered at an Earth Day event at Middlebury College in 2010 honoring John Elder, where an editor from Orion Magazine declared that "Nature Writing is dead." The obvious rejoinder to such a declaration is "what do you mean by 'nature writing'?" The 2012 conference will address this issue, and invites papers dealing with writers of natural history such as Henry Thoreau, John Burroughs, and other nineteenth-century authors through the more politically-charged writing of modern writers.

"worth a thousand words": at the intersections of literature and the visual arts, 24-26 October 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 11:33am
Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Proposals deadline: 1 July 2012

Confirmed plenary speaker: Elena Gualtieri (University of Groningen)

Clement Greenberg once famously said, "photography is closer today to literature than it is to the other graphic arts". Yet what makes photography so close to literature? And what about the interactions between literature and other visual arts? Are some combinations indeed more productive than others? And what happens when literature and the visual arts meet?