For its 2013 issue, Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism anticipates reserving space for up to four essays which explore issues, objects, or persons which, though originating from the repressed past, continue to make themselves "forcibly felt in the present." To provoke thoughts on this topic, Dr. Jayne Elizabeth Lewis, Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, has provided the following prompt titled "Haunted Subjects." Authors should not attempt to address all of the issues raised by Dr. Lewis; rather, Criterion hopes this prompt will serve as a springboard for creative and well-focused essays on relevant issues and texts.
Criterion seeks original, well-researched, and intellectually rigorous essays written from diverse critical perspectives and about texts from any time period or literary tradition. Submissions are peer-reviewed by a selection board at BYU, and final decisions are made by the journal's two Editors-in-Chief in consultation with a faculty advisor. Essays may be submitted on a year-round basis, but Criterion is currently soliciting submissions for its 2013 issue, scheduled for publication in April of 2013. The submission deadline for the 2013 issue is 18 January 2013.
The English Graduate School Association at UNCC is pleased to announced its 13th Annual EGSA Conference, which will be held at UNC-Charlotte on January 18, 2013. The EGSA Conference will explore the relationship between freedom and constraint by looking at creativity and conventions in scholarly and creative works.
We seek to discuss some of these questions:
1. What conventions exist in your field of study and why do they exist? How do these
conventions define your field and what types of resistance can be found?
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 seventh volume to be published in March 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.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
This panel will investigate the intersection of two key areas of inquiry. First: in recognizing evolution, human beings perceived ourselves as falling back into animality. Where exactly did we fall? Social Darwinism, for instance, has imagined human beings as exposed to a brutal underlying reality, and that idea has done much to create real brutality. Second, how do ideas of human animality intersect with the high value placed upon recreation, especially since the second industrial revolution? As Anne Norton suggests in her book *Republic of Signs*, with workplaces often marked by limited agency and dull repetition, many turn to spheres outside of work to define themselves.
Shift welcomes academic papers, exhibition and book reviews, as well as discussions concerning other art-related events from current graduate students.
Please see Submission and Style Guidelines for appropriate guidelines.
We are currently looking for guest editors for the summer 2012 issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies (www.ncgsjournal.com). This past summer Lizzie Harris McCormick and Cecile Kandl edited the issue "Women Write the Natural World," and the previous summer's issue, edited by Susan Hamilton and Janice Schroeder, focused on "Nineteenth-Century Feminisms: Press & Platform."
"Literature and Law"
-- Jed Esty (University of Pennsylvania)
-- Carol Taaffe (Author of *Ireland Through the Looking-Glass: Flann O'Brien, Myles na gCopaleen & Irish Cultural Debate*)
-- Dirk Van Hulle (University of Antwerp)
The International Flann O'Brien Society is proud to announce that a conference on the Works of Brian O'Nolan will be hosted by the Department of Comparative Literatures, at the Università Roma Tre under the title 'Problems with Authority: The II International Flann O'Brien Conference'.
ICVWE is a specialized conference covering all the various topics related to virtual worlds and education. Papers in the areas of virtual reality, human computer interaction, animation, graphics and scene rendering, social networks, education, learning, and teaching are welcome. This conference will be hosted in cooperation with AVAYA at an online immersive virtual environment, namely Carleton Virtual, which is a 3D virtual version of Carleton University. This conference is one of this first, if not the first, to completely take place in a virtual environment.
Queer London Conference: Call for Papers
Saturday 23rd March, 2013
Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster
Dr. Matt Cook (Birkbeck College, University of London)
This one-day conference is dedicated to a consideration of London and its role in creating, housing, reflecting and facilitating queer life. It aims to bring together scholars from a variety of different disciplines and backgrounds to consider representations of queer London and how London itself represents queers.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Before and Beyond Fifty Shades of Grey: New Approaches to Erotic Romance Fiction
Since the 1970s, both the content and the institutional practices surrounding erotic romance fiction have been transformed. The remarkable popularity of E. L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has brought a number those transformations to light, not just in terms of the novels' BDSM-inflected sexual content (old news in the romance world) but also in their publishing history, moving from online Twilight fan-fiction to e-book format to paperback bestsellers.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Love and Religion in Global Popular Culture
"Love is my religion," Ziggy Marley testifies in a hit from 2006. From reggae to Rumi (the bestselling poet in the United States across the 1990s), Bollywood to South Park, global popular fiction, film, poetry, music, and other media have extolled romantic love in sacred terms—and, in the process, they have sometimes raised provocative, complex relationships about the relationships between religion and romance.
Love and romance are mainstays of popular culture, cutting across the great divides of medium, language, and historical period. From Beyoncé to Bollywood, Dan Savage to Sweet Savage Love, K-Pop to qawwali: if it's about love, it's a welcome topic at the PCA Romance area.
We will consider proposals for individual papers, sessions organized around a theme, and special panels. Sessions are scheduled in 90-minute slots, typically with four 15-minute papers or speakers per standard session, with the remaining time available for discussion.
The NeoAmericanist journal of American Studies is looking for book reviews. Books must be on a topic connected to American Studies, and reviews should be between 800-1200 words.