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Humanities Journal Call For Submissions

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 11:46am
St. John's University

We are seeking essays, book reviews, and interviews for the upcoming Spring issue due out in April. The theme is Nationalism: Roots and Transgressions. The focus is on the areas of national identity or transnationalism, acculturation, cultural diffusion, or culture shock. The approach may be primarily sociological and historical, or literary in nature. What we want are submissions that address these themes in new and exciting ways that express the multiplicity of angles and issues these broad headings generate.

Book Reviews should be suitable for a broad academic audience similar to The New York Review of Books and The New Republic abd should be under 2000 words.

Conference on Mediating Marginalities 13th – 14th March 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 10:32am
Centre for Women's Studies and Development Faculty of Social Sciences Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Centre for Women's Studies and Development
Faculty of Social Sciences
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Mediating Marginalities
13th – 14th March 2012


Organizing Secretaries

Organizing Committee

The Politics of Legitimacy: Designing, Proposing, and Administrating a Collaborative Women's Studies Program; Due March 1, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 10:25am
3rd Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues, to be held October 19-21, 2012.

This CFP is looking for presenters interested in contributing to a workshop for the 3rd Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues, Politics of Leadership and Civil Rights, to be held October 19-21, 2012. Specifically, individuals involved in women's studies program administration and curricula design may be interested in contributing to a workshop on the following topic:

"The Politics of Legitimacy: Designing, Proposing, and Administrating a Collaborative Women's Studies Program"

Call for Proposals: Collection on Violence Against Women in Contemporary American Popular Culture

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 10:16am
Kara Mollis

Despite significant political advancements for women in the United States in the twenty-first century as well as important feminist work to combat gender-based violence in recent years, statistics on violence against women continue to be staggering. This edited collection seeks to explore the role that American popular culture plays in this social phenomenon by bringing together analyses of representations of violence against women in various popular cultural texts and practices of the twenty-first century, including but not limited to television, film, music, bestsellers, magazines, blogs, fashion, sports, and cultural movements.

Textual Fault-Lines at 2nd Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 9:51am
Anne Laskaya/Eve Salisbury

This panel builds on the 2010 BABEL sessions examining "fault-lines" by focusing on textual studies. Consider "fault-lines" as errors in texts and editions that lead to productive meditation, productive disagreement; or explore the generally unacknowledged erasures in texts and editions that---precisely because of their performance as an "unseen" or "unremarked" fault/error/revision---allows productive work and thought. Consider the "fault-line" as the chasm between manuscript and edition (or between editions). Consider "fault-line" as the gnarly space between a word or line and that editorial/textual note intended to inflect or define or comment on it, albeit pages, clicks, or screen-frames away from one another in spatial (and/or temportal)terms.

Representing Sudan: Media, Culture, Human Rights (edited collection; 5/31/12)

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 9:24am
Kelli Lyon Johnson and Louise Davis

When the Republic of South Sudan celebrated its independence in July 2011, many Sudanese people on both sides of the border hoped that the violence that had besieged the country for most of the previous sixty-five years would come to an end. For the first time in decades, Sudan and Sudanese people were represented in global media as agents of their own future. In what could be considered the era of human rights, Sudan figures prominently in calls for gender and ethnic equality, for the abolition of contemporary slavery, for economic opportunity, for an end to violence and increased security for its people, for improved health care, and for the end of other human rights abuses.

Exegesis Postgraduate E-Journal (all research/creative writing welcome): DEADLINE APRIL 30

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 8:50am
Exegesis Journal

In our inaugural issue we wish to address the diversity of meanings available to this e-journal's title—Exegesis. Though exegesis traditionally applies to the interpretation of a religious text, it has also been applied to secular literature in an attempt to understand an author's intended meaning. We view the broader concept of the term exegesis as a critical explanation of a work of literature across the disciplines. To this end, we invite articles, reviews, and creative pieces that provide any type of exploration of the meaning of a text.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

George Saunders

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 12:38am
Brendan Beirne NYU

This is a preliminary call to gauge interest in a conference on George Saunders in New York City next year.

Organizers will seek to publish a volume of critical essays which will include papers presented at this conference (tentatively slated for April, 2013).

Please send a brief note to Brendan Beirne at -- formal proposals are not required at this time.

George Saunders is the author of several books, including the short story collections CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and In Persuasion Nation, as well as a novella entitled The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. Saunders has also published essays and a children's book called The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip.

MLA Special Session: Violence and the Black Child in Post-Civil Rights U.S.A

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 10:44pm
Jennifer Griffiths/New York Institute of Technology

How can we read the public reaction to earlier images of violence against African American children, including Emmett Till and the four little girls of the Birmingham church bombing, in relation to the creative work produced in the post-civil rights period, such as Dael Orlandersmith's The Gimmick and Tayari Jones's Leaving Atlanta? These later texts depict children who come of age in a period when the dominant representations of violence against the black child's body in the cases of the Atlanta Child Murders, Latasha Harlins, Girl X, and Tawana Brawley, among others, evoked much different responses within local communities and the larger culture.

Literature and Reductionism

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:30pm
Joshua Gang / Rutgers University

MLA 2013 (Boston), January 3-6

Special session: Literature and Reductionism

What is reductive thinking—and is it always a bad thing? This panel invites papers that reconsider reductionism as a formal, theoretical, disciplinary, or historical problem.

200-word abstract and brief bio by 10 March 2012 to

Call for Guest Columnist - Revolutions & Reversals - Volume 2, Issue 2

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:21pm
Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities

The guest column for this issue should provide a general discussion of one or more of this issue's themes as they present themselves in literature and/or history.

Volume 2, Issue 2: Revolutions & Reversals

We are currently experiencing a worldwide rejection of corruption in government: widespread revolution in the Middle East, the tea party, the occupy movement. We would like for this issue to speak to these shifting attitudes in the way we approach and think about authority and social structures. We particularly encourage literary criticism that takes up as one of its primary goals the examination of the following in literature: authority, politics, government, familial structure, utopia, dystopia, gender, social norms, etc.