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Reality TV (Dec. 1, 2011; Feb. 8-11, 2012)

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Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 11:03pm
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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
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The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association will hold its 33nd Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM on February 8-11, 2012. Proposals are now being accepted for panels on Reality TV.

Over the past decade, the global proliferation of reality TV programming has exploded. It is hard to flip through television stations at any given hour of the day without coming across some sort of reality programming that is reflecting another niche in the ever-evolving cultural landscape of the modern world. At the moment, reality TV is a field of study that has enormous potential because it touches such a wide range of subjects—from media studies to business, regional studies to education, social sciences to the humanities.

What Happens Now? Interdisciplinarity for the Future

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Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 11:44am
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The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
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The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference 2012

What Happens Now?
Interdisciplinarity for the Future

On February 24-25 2012, graduate students from across academic disciplines will gather at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to query, "What happens now?"

This conference invites contemporary, cutting-edge interdisciplinary work in the humanities, arts, and sciences. We seek to raise new questions, extend disciplinary and interdisciplinary boundaries, and reflect upon the current state of knowledge production in relation to our 21st century future.

Contemporary Latin American Women Directors and Corporeal Aesthetics

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Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 11:02am
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NEMLA
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In the past fifteen years, Latin American cinema has witnessed the emergence of a new generation of women filmmakers, among whom Lucrecia Martel and Claudia Llosa, who have known great popular and critical successes. This panel will examine their work, with a special interest in submissions that explore questions related to aesthetics and embodiment. Please submit 250-300 word abstracts to Caroline Godart by September 30.

"Women Taking Risks in Contemporary Autobiographical Narratives."

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Friday, August 19, 2011 - 10:05pm
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Anna Rocca/Salem State University
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Despite the common belief that suggests that women are averse to risk, the purpose of this panel is to uncover autobiographical stories of women that overcome obstacles by taking risks and, as a result, ameliorate their lives. If it is generally true that part of being a writer means also being willing to take chances, for a woman author this often translates into confrontation with societal order, refusal to follow scripts of female conduct, and it sometimes can bring about geographical displacement. Furthermore, it is not uncommon that when women do take risks, the unexpectedness of their action combined with society's unwillingness to recognize their bravery often leaves their courage unnoticed.

September 15th 2011 -- "Animal Narratives in Old English Poetry" -- International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo 2012

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Friday, August 19, 2011 - 7:12pm
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Erik Wade / Oregon Medieval English Literature Society (OMELS)
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Animals frequently appear as symbols or allegories in medieval literature. This panel, however, seeks to recover the original animality that is lost when we dismiss the animals as transparent allegories. We might know what the animals mean for the narrative, but why does the story use animals—and why these particular animals—in order to convey such meanings? Papers can potentially combine animal studies, close-reading, and historicism to examine the portrayals of animals as animals in medieval literature. Papers could consider such wide-ranging topics as:
The micro-narratives of animals in the midst of larger medieval tales (such as the weasels in the Volsungsaga or beasts of battle in heroic poetry).

Caribbean Literature (11/1/2012, 3/29-31/2012)

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Friday, August 19, 2011 - 4:11pm
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Laura Barrio-Vilar / College English Association
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CEA 2012

March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond,Virginia

OmniRichmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia (804) 344-7000

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Caribbean Literature for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at

We welcome individual and panel presentation proposals that address Caribbean literatures in general, including—but not limited to—the following possiblethemes:

NeMLA 20th Century Irish Women Writers<break>Abstracts Due 9/30/11

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Friday, August 19, 2011 - 2:03pm
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Elizabeth Foley O'Connor
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This panel will explore what Eavan Boland has termed Irish women's 'adventure of powerlessness' in Irish fiction. Although many representations of women do appear to conform to Boland's bleak assessment, papers that critique this view are especially welcome. This panel is most interested in representations of Irish womanhood by female writers from the fin de siècle to the present but will also consider papers on female characters in male-authored texts. Please send a brief abstract to Elizabeth Foley O'Connor at lizfoley@gmail.com by September 30, 2011.

Conference will take place March 15-18, 2012 in Rochester, NY

The Gothic Aesthetic (NeMLA Sept 30th / March 15-18, 2012)

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Friday, August 19, 2011 - 12:08pm
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Kellie Donovan-Condron / Northeast Modern Language Association

The visual catalog of Gothic elements is well-rehearsed, but what of the other senses? This panel seeks to explore Gothic literature through its sounds, smells, textures, and tastes in order to develop a fuller and more nuanced understanding of the Gothic aesthetic. How has the general focus on the Gothic's visual components affected our perception of these other sensory details? Email 250-500 word abstracts to Kellie Donovan Condron (kdonovancondron@babson.edu).

Managing the First Years after Graduation - NeMLA Roundtable (Sept 30th / March 15-18 2012)

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Friday, August 19, 2011 - 12:00pm
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Kellie Donovan-Condron / Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable seeks to share strategies for managing your early career if you do not move immediately from graduation to the tenure-track. Submissions are welcome on all aspects of this career stage. Possible topics include (but are not limited to): How do you balance teaching multiple courses with developing your own scholarship? Should you focus on certain kinds of publishing opportunities? How might you leverage your adjunct experience? Email 250-500 word abstracts to Kellie Donovan Condron (kdonovancondron@babson.edu).

Australian and New Zealand Bildungsromans (NeMLA 3/15-18/12; 9/30/11

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 11:41pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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Session at NeMLA 2012
March 15-18; Rochester, New York
Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Egan

Australian and New Zealand Bildungsromans
The panel welcomes proposals that examine Australian and New Zealand Bildungsromans What are the differences between bildungsromans published at the beginning of the twentieth century and bildungsromans published later? How do aboriginal authors employ the genre? What is the role of post-colonial and postmodern studies on Australian and New Zealand bildungsromans? How does the genre delineate urban and rural spaces? E-mail 250-400 word abstracts in body of email to Elizabeth Abele
Chair: Elizabeth Abele Deadline Sept. 30

Latina/o Literature and Culture Panels at ALA. San Francisco. May 23-27, 2012

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 6:26pm
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Latina/o Literature and Culture Society of the American Literature Association
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The Latina/o Literature and Culture Society of the American Literature Association seeks proposals for several panels at the American Literature Association's 23nd annual conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Embarcadero Center May 23-27, 2012. We are particularly interested in seeking out proposals in the following areas/topics:

Any aspect of the work of Lorna Dee Cervantes
Globalization and/or Transnational Approaches
Place/Social Geography
Immigration (co-sponsored by CAALS: The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies)

[UPDATE] Thing Theory and Object-Oriented Studies in Medieval Contexts [International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, May 10-13 20

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 5:00pm
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Anthony Adams
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A new and exciting move toward 'object-oriented studies' is underway among historians and literary scholars, including medievalists. Such studies (colloquially known as 'thing theory') see 'things' neither as mirrors of human activity or will, nor deictic signs pointing to inner lives of human characters. Rather such an approach wishes to examine the 'network of relationships' between subjects and objects. Moreover, it has been argued that medieval literature has much to offer such studies, as objects have a degree of autonomy in medieval literature that is lacking in later texts, having been bullied out of the focal field by Enlightenment empiricism.

[Update] CFP: Dany Laferrière: Essays on His Work

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 1:00pm
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Guernica Editions
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Guernica Editions is planning to publish a collection of essays on Haitian-Canadian author Dany Laferrière as part of their "Writers Series" in early 2013. Editor Lee Skallerup Bessette is looking for submissions for the collection, focusing on any aspect of Laferrière's oeuvre, including movie adaptations, his children's books, his newspaper writing, etc. The essays should be between 5000-7000 words and follow current MLA conventions for formatting and citations. Please ensure footnotes are inserted manually instead of using the word processors footnote capabilities. Essays should be submitted in English, but quotes within the essay can be in French.

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