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African Literature Special Session -- 66th Annual RMMLA Convention, Oct. 11-13, 2012; Boulder, CO

Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:14am
Keli Rowley/Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

For years, African writers such as Chinua Achebe, J. M. Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Ousmane Sembène, Ama Ata Aidoo and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have contributed a unique global perspective on diverse topics such as colonialism, oppression, and the cultural and historical identity of Africa.

This panel seeks papers which discuss the unique perceptions of these and other influential African authors, and how the authors' views provide readers with an intimate, firsthand view of African living. Topics could include but are not limited to: postcolonialism, ethnicity and national identity, cultural studies and historical approaches and gender studies.

REMINDER: Twenty-First Century British Fiction – A Symposium

Friday, January 13, 2012 - 6:40am
School of English & Humanities, Birkbeck College, London

Twenty-First Century British Fiction seeks to consider and promote current perspectives on the fiction of British writers in the twenty-first century. Post-2000 writing has proved itself as arguably wide-ranging and innovative as its predecessors. Keynote address: Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway)

SCMLA - Nov. 8-10, 2012 -Eudora Welty Society - Due March 30, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012 - 12:28am
Eudora Welty Society - SCMLA

In keeping with this year's theme of "Death and Eros," the Eudora Welty Society invites submissions which explore the complex relationship between love and death in the modern world in the works of Eudora Welty. Many of Welty's works, such as The Optimist's Daughter or "The Wide Net," focus on her characters' reactions to the death of a loved one. Yet others, such as "A Piece of News" or "Flowers for Marjorie," consider relationships in which love turns to murder. In many of these texts, a world changing under the forces of modernity exerts pressure on the characters and their relationships.

World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2012)

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 10:41pm
Infonomics Society

The World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2012)
is Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter and IEEE K/W Section. The WorldCIS-2012 is an international forum dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practical implementation of security on the Internet and Computer Networks. The inability to properly secure the Internet, computer networks, protecting the Internet against emerging threats and vulnerabilities, and sustaining privacy and trust has been a key focus of research. The WorldCIS aims to provide a highly professional and comparative academic research forum that promotes collaborative excellence between academia and industry.

Human Trafficking: People, Places, & Voices - April 12-13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 7:52pm
Southern Utah University

The Southern Utah University Global Engagement Center and Women's and Gender Studies program are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2nd annual Global Engagement Academic Conference, held jointly with the 1st annual Women's and Gender Studies Academic Conference. This year's conference will be held April 12-13, 2012, on the SUU campus in Cedar City, Utah.

The title of this year's conference is Human Trafficking: People, Places, & Voices. Anuradha Koirala, founder of Maiti Nepal and 2010 CNN Hero of the Year, is the confirmed keynote. Andrew Levine, director and producer of The Day My God Died, will also be presenting.

2012 RMMLA (10/11-10/13); submissions due 3/1/12

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:31pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

We would like to announce a call for papers for the Eighteenth-Century English Literature session(s) that will be held at the 2012 RMMLA Convention in Boulder, Colorado, this fall.

[UPDATE] Pynchon on the Land CFP DEADLINE EXTENDED to 1/29/12; ALA, May 24-27, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:31pm
John Miller

This panel to be proposed for the ALA Conference in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2012, will attempt to bring discussions of Pynchon "down to earth" by examining the role of the physical landscape, whether natural or man-made, in Thomas Pynchon's fiction. Topics might include the significance or significations of wandering, travelling, map-making, going under the ground, or flying over it; real estate development; feng shui; real, imaginary, and disappeared geographies; strange weather; hollow earths; borders of land and sea; geology; freeways; places of power; the power of place.

Proposals dealing with more than one work are particularly encouraged, though papers on single works are also welcome.

CFP: Race, Girlhood and Social Justice in Children's Literature, MLA 2013 (Boston, Jan 3-6)

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:14pm
Kristen Proehl/ Clemson U.

This proposed panel will explore the intersections of race, girlhood and social justice in children's literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Focusing especially upon the work of children's authors and illustrators of color, this panel will examine how and why narratives of girlhood often function as a medium for social commentary. Through the lens of literature, we will also consider how race, gender, and sexuality shape the contours of coming-of-age for girls in the United States and beyond.

Call for Contributions to the special issue of _Anglistica_ on "Writing Exile: Women, the Arts, and Technologies"

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 4:51pm
_Anglistica A.I.O.N._, An Interdisciplinary Journal issued by the University of Naples, "L'Orientale"

Submissions are invited for publication in "Writing Exile: Women, The Arts, and Technologies" edited by Wanda Balzano ( and Silvana Carotenuto ( The issue will explore 'exile' as experienced by contemporary female artists working in different media. The critical focus of this special issue is placed on the practices of creative writing, photography, video art, and on the recent web 2-0 platforms on internet.

From Wall Street to Main Street: The Regional Politics of Occupying (an edited collection, April 1)

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 3:45pm
Todd Comer and Nathan Crook

Broad messages, complicated political positions, and blurred generational and class lines characterize and problematize the Occupy Wall Street movement. As if its connection to the Canadian magazine Adbusters were not enough, this "U.S." movement's clearest and most original position may be its denial of position. Beyond "We are the 99%"—a general position against greed and inequality—the "movement" remains difficult to categorize in terms of the red/blue politics of the United States. The picture becomes even more complicated at the regional level where clear, defining symbols of nationalist power and capital are absent.

CFP: English Renaissance Literature Excluding Drama-Open Topic (SCMLA 3/30/12; 11/8-10/12)

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 3:39pm
South Central Modern Language Association

We are currently accepting submissions for the Renaissance (Excluding Drama) Panel of the South Central Modern Language Association conference, November 8th-10th in San Antonio, TX.

The topic is open, but we encourage paper proposals to engage meaningfully with some aspect of the conference theme, "Death, Eros, and the Literary Enterprise." Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Jessica C. Murphy ( by March 30, 2012.

For more information on the SCMLA and the conference location, visit

French Literature from 1800

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 3:21pm
Robert Mazzola, Session Chair / Rocky Mountain Language Association Conference

The French Literature from 1800 session of of the October 11-13, 2012, Rocky Mountain Language Association Conference to be held in Boulder, Colorado welcomes abstracts for submission on all aspects of French Literature from 1800 to the present.
Deadline: March 1, 2012
Email: Robert Mazzola, Independent Scholar

The London-Irish in the Long Eighteenth Century (1680-1830)

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 11:40am
David O'Shaughnessy / University of Warwick

The Irish became an intrinsic part of the London population through the course of the eighteenth century. Whether Catholic and Protestant, professional or plebeian, London provided opportunities for waves of Irish migrants. Irish migrants can of course be found throughout Britain (and Europe) at this time but London offered a burgeoning world capital that embraced all tiers of Irish society. The Irish, from both sides of the religious divide, could be found almost anywhere in London: in its kitchens, drawing rooms, legal chambers, banking houses, theatres, newspaper offices, and courts.